Plantation Artifacts

Kaukau Tins to Cane Knives

Come see our vast collection of authentic plantation worker implements – from the tins they carried their food in, to the knives the used to harvest cane in the field. Our collection hosts hundreds of artifacts that existed throughout the Big Island’s plantation days. See what kinds of equipment workers had to use to get the job done – you’ll notice that much of it is cleverly improvised using whatever materials were available at the time.

These artifacts are concentrated in one display, although individual pieces are hidden in the many nooks and crannies of the Plantation Museum. Try to find as many as you can!

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Did You Know? From 1921 to 1926, Hawaii plantations used 17,400 cane knives per year. The average knife cut 343 tons of cane in its lifetime.